The Saints grade out poorly in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 28,2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

It became clear how this game was going to play out for the defense fewer than five minutes after it started. On third-and-2 with 12:34 remaining in the first quarter of the New Orleans’ Saints 38-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo took a snap from the shotgun and immediately found himself under pressure.… Continue reading →

Participation chart: Saints vs. Cowboys

The number of snaps members and percentage of plays the Saints played on offense and defense in their 38-17 loss on the road against Dallas this past Sunday. The loss dropped their record to 1-3. OFFENSE Quarterback Drew Brees -- 61 -- 100% Wide… Continue reading →

NFL Notebook: Jadeveon Clowney improving, looks to return soon

Houston Texans' Jadeveon Clowney (90) leaves with a knee injury during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

HOUSTON — Top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney’s rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee is going well and he hopes to return for the Houston Texans in a few weeks. Clowney spoke to reporters on Tuesday after an appearance at a local middle school. He says: “Hopefully I’ll be back sooner than everyone expects.” The outside linebacker… Continue reading →

Before taking aim at jumbled NFC South division race, Saints know they must better themselves — fast

Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo (9) and Orlando Scandrick (32) greet New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at midfield after an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys won 38-17.  (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

On paper, the Saints trailed the two teams ahead of them in the NFC South standings as of Monday by one win. However, unless they vastly improve the way they’ve played in losing three of their first four games this season, the Saints know the distance between them and Atlanta and Carolina (both 2-2) will… Continue reading →

Saints defense goes from fourth to fourth-to-last

Associated Press photo by Tony Gutierrez -- Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) works his way downfield against the Saints during the first half of the Cowboys's 38-17 win Sunday in Arlington, Texas. The Saints say they need to shut down the run and make teams one-dimensional to turn the season around.

Safety Jairus Byrd was not with the Saints last year when they finished fourth in the NFL in yards allowed under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. From watching film, though, he knows one thing for certain. This season’s defense, which ranks fourth-to-last in yards allowed after four games, is not recognizable compared to the group… Continue reading →

Saints take a Texas-sized tumble in a 38-17 loss to the Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) fights off a tackle attempt by New Orleans Saints' Junior Galette (93)during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Smiles are not guaranteed at Jerry World. Sometimes teams come to the Texas theme park that masquerades as a football field and find out that their bonds are not quite as unbreakable as they assumed. That’s what happened to the New Orleans Saints during Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.… Continue reading →

Cowboys' Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray return the favor after last year's blowout in the Superdome

Associated Press photo by Tony Gutierrez -- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hands the ball to DeMarco Murray during the first half Sunday in Arlington, Texas. Murray had 24 carriers for 149 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Standing on the floor of a rowdy Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Nov. 10, Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray could do nothing but watch the New Orleans Saints offense pound the Dallas Cowboys defense into submission. That Sunday evening, Drew Brees and the Saints rained total yards, first downs and points from start to… Continue reading →

Saints notebook: Offense, defense open game in a slumber

Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray (29) sprints to the end zone for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints' Jairus Byrd, left, attempts the the stop during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. The Saints' Kenny Vaccaro (32) and Corey White (24) watch on the play.  (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Saints waited all day for Sunday night. Maybe they waited a bit too long. For more than a half, the high-powered New Orleans offense disappeared Sunday night at AT&T Stadium. The Saints failed to score in the first half and went to the locker room trailing 24-0, marking only the third… Continue reading →

Instant Replay: Cowboys 38, Saints 17

New Orleans Saints quarterback Luke McCown (7) holds as kicker Shayne Graham (3) kicks a field goal under pressure from cornerback Orlando Scandrick (32) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)  ORG XMIT: CBS177

What we learned The Saints don't have any tone setters. They don't play with intensity, especially on defense. They lack passion where they need it most, playing on the road. Until that changes, and fast, this team is destined for mediocrity. You could tell from your living room from the get go that Dallas really wanted to win this… Continue reading →

Coming up for Saints: Bucs

Noon, Sunday, Mercedes-Benz Superdome Tampa Bay was 0-3 before second-year quarterback Mike Glennon made his first start of the season at Pittsburgh on Sunday with veteran Josh McCown out with a torn thumb ligament. And now they’re 1-0 in 2014 with… Continue reading →

Quarterback Mike Glennon, Bucs rally late to stun Steelers 27-24

Associated Press photo by Gene Puskar -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson makes a catch in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay for the game-winning touchdown with seven seconds left in the Bucs' 27-24 win Sunday in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went from woeful to winners in 10 days. Mike Glennon hit a diving Vincent Jackson for a 5-yard touchdown with seven seconds remaining to lift Tampa Bay to a stunning 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Buccaneers (1-3) lost to Atlanta by six touchdowns a week ago… Continue reading →

Joseph Morgan, Patrick Robinson and David Hawthorne round out Saints inactives at Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) carries as New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson (21) tries to tackle in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

ARLINGTON, Texas — After ruling out four players ahead of their Sunday night road game against the 2-1 Dallas Cowboys, the Saints announced wide receiver Joseph Morgan, cornerback Patrick Robinson and linebacker David Hawthorne would round out their list of players who would not suit up for the contest. Running back Mark Ingram, safety Marcus Ball, fullback… Continue reading →

Video: The Advocate's Saints Pregame Show

New Orleans Saints fans Eddie Harvey walks up to AT&T stadium before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Advocate sportswriters Ramon Antonio Vargas and Nick Underhill report live from AT&T Stadium with a preview of Sunday's New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys game at 7:30 p.m. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Hoping to continue their dominance over Dallas, Saints aren’t keen on talking about the past

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker --  New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) celebrates a first down in the first quarter as the New Orleans Saints took on the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, November 10, 2013.

If nothing else, the Dallas Cowboys have been an accommodating opponent for the New Orleans Saints ever since coach Sean Payton took charge in New Orleans in 2006. The Saints have won four of their five meetings against Dallas in the past eight years — and all three in the past four seasons. Quarterback Drew Brees… Continue reading →

Lewis: How do the New Orleans Saints rank AT&T Stadium? What are their favorite away NFL stadiums?

Associated Press photo by TIM SHARTP -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is introduced before the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 7 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

If you haven’t heard, the Saints are playing at Jerry World on Sunday night. They’re 2-0 there. How many opponents’ stadiums can you say about? Especially given the franchise’s road history (144-215-4). But beyond dominating the Dallas Cowboys at what is now called AT&T Stadium (albeit by only three points both times), there are other… Continue reading →

This Week in the NFL

Associated Press photo by Ross D. FranklinSan Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh yells to the officials during the second half of last Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Game of the Week: 49ers face Eagles looking to snap skid Is there something bad brewing in San Francisco? The 49ers are supposed to be competing with the Seattle Seahawks for the top seed in the NFC West but instead currently sit in third place at 1-2 and lost last week to the… Continue reading →

Saints’ Rob Ryan knew change was coming in Dallas after pair of 8-8 seasons

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

Almost four weeks into his second regular season as New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator and two days away from visiting the Cowboys, Rob Ryan admitted Friday that he understood things couldn’t stay the same in Dallas when the organization fired him and other assistant coaches after an 8-8 season in 2012. “Something needs to change… Continue reading →

Saints focused on creating more turnovers

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) left the game with an injury after being tackled by New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) during the second quarter Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Rob Ryan simplified his playbook last during last week’s 20-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings and many of the issues that plagued this defense evaporated. The communication issues went away, and so did the coverage breakdowns that defined losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns during the first two weeks of the season. But… Continue reading →

Drew Brees settles bogus tax credits lawsuit with former Saints teammate Kevin Houser

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees settled a lawsuit in which he accused an ex-teammate of advising him to invest $160,000 in bogus tax credits, according to records in New Orleans federal court. Brees filed the suit against former Saints long snapper Kevin Houser — licensed to broker securities — in June 2013. A… Continue reading →

Jonathan Goodwin listed as questionable for Sunday’s game

The usual suspects will not be on the field for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, but there is at least a possibility of a surprise appearance on the offensive line. After reportedly suffering a high-ankle sprain during last week’s win over the Minnesota Vikings, center Jonathan Goodwin participated in Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable… Continue reading →

Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn't been throwing the ball deep as often this season as in the past

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Think of the Saints, and you envision Drew Brees receiving a snap, peering down the field as he takes his drop, settling in to deliver a deep pass down the field to one of his many weapons. This vision has been true for nearly a decade. Since 2007, Brees has attempted 490 passes that have traveled… Continue reading →

Dallas running back DeMarco Murray could be key to Tony Romo's success against the Saints on Sunday

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) falls at the end of a 44-yard run as St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis, left, and linebacker Alec Ogletree watch during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

After nine years as a starter and three Pro Bowl appearances, Dallas’ Tony Romo is nothing if not a pretty decent quarterback. But his chances of looking like much more than that when he and the Cowboys host the Saints on Sunday night grow dramatically if New Orleans fails to do one thing: Contain Dallas… Continue reading →

Glenn Foster, John Jenkins waiting for opportunity

Saints defensive end Glenn Foster celebrates against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Oct.13, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Saints defensive end Glenn Foster said Thursday afternoon his new-and-still-improving run-stopping abilities should make him an every-down reserve for the Saints defense. Teammate John Jenkins, a defensive tackle, said he feels healthy after pectoral surgery during the offeseason, a procedure which kept him sidelined through the final week of training camp in West Virginia.… Continue reading →

Fred McAfee to enter Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductee Fred McAfee, left, former Mississippi College and New Orleans Saints running back, shares a lighthearted moment with inductee Brett Favre, former Southern Mississippi and Green Bay Packers quarterback, during the announcement of their election to the hall of fame in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Gwen White, Steven Knight, Clarence Weatherspoon and Mike Dennis round out the class. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Greg Jenson)

CLINTON, Miss. — Former Mississippi College and New Orleans Saints running back Fred McAfee was named to the 2015 Class of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday. The Philadelphia, Mississippi, native is a 1991 graduate of Mississippi College and is currently serving as the director of player development for the Saints. McAfee began… Continue reading →